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    Tough Times At The Gas Station

    On Friday, the state served notice to shut down his retail gas business in 30 days due to a laundry list of technical violations related to his store's underground storage tanks. And, oh yeah, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality proposes ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 25, 2008 @ 2:26 pm
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    Do Unfit Truck Drivers Threaten Houston? Don't Ask HPD

    The report highlights some extreme cases, like the driver of a tanker truck with a prosthetic leg who is permitted to drive until 2012. Or a bus driver with "life-threatening kidney and heart conditions" who was seen slumped in his seat before his bu...

    @ Hair Balls by Paul Knight on July 25, 2008 @ 1:22 pm
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    Metro Caves! For Once

    Last night, Metro officially decided to move the University light-rail line so that trains wouldn't be rumbling down Wheeler Avenue on their way to and from UH and TSU. Residents had been hopeful of such a move a week or so ago after meeting with M...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 25, 2008 @ 11:02 am
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    Halliburton Depositions Could Start Soon in Iraq Case

    Allen says that depositions could start as early as September. "They're basically desperate for the facts not to come out," Allen says. "Halliburton and KBR take the stance...that their conduct is beyond evaluation from U.S. courts." U.S. District...

    @ Hair Balls by Paul Knight on July 25, 2008 @ 9:58 am
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    Lewis Black Hates Dallas, Loves Houston (When the A/C Works)

    This Saturday he'll be at the Hobby Center, which was good news to him. He wasn't too thrilled when we mistakenly told him he was playing the Verizon Wireless Theater. Lewis Black: No, I'm not at Verizon, am I? It can't be. I'm not at Verizon; I'll ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 25, 2008 @ 9:32 am
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    How To Pick The Next Top University

    Seven Texas universities are pleading with the legislature to become the state's next "Tier One" school. In case you're not up on your education-bureaucrat lingo, that means an elite research school. More importantly, it means higher and much more ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 25, 2008 @ 8:48 am
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    Mad Over Mad Men

    Have you ever done that thing where you hear about a television show, think it sounds good but never watch it, only to rent it when it comes out on DVD and watch 25 episodes back to back to back? Oh, you never have? Well then I guess I'm a bigger...

    @ Hair Balls by Jennifer Mathieu on July 25, 2008 @ 7:09 am
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    Welcome to: Tapped-Out Neighborhood Associations

    Jennifer Woodruff of Shepherd Forest says the city's public works department is considering charging neighborhood associations $1,000, plus a $100 yearly renewal fee, to put up neighborhood markers and signs on esplanades. She writes that her underst...

    @ Hair Balls by Chris Vogel on July 24, 2008 @ 6:35 pm
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    Lawsuit Against HPD Over Alleged Spy's Death

    Speaking in the front hallway of the Harris County criminal court building this afternoon, attorney Randall Kallinen said that a no bill from the grand jury helps the civil lawsuit he's filed in federal court on behalf of Carnaby's wife, Susan. "One...

    @ Hair Balls by Chris Vogel on July 24, 2008 @ 6:33 pm
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    Changes In Store For The Laff Stop

    The fate of Houston's longest-standing comedy club is now in the hands of Don Learner, owner of The Laff Spot in Willowbrook (note the "Stop" and the "Spt" -- they're two different entities). "I started my stand up career at The Laff Stop so I certai...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 24, 2008 @ 6:05 pm
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    Cops vs. Bicyclists, Montgomery County Style

    That's at least according to one tri-athlete who was training along FM 149 when he had a run in with an officer from the Constable's office. He's also an attorney at a huge law firm, so Montgomery County may have bitten off more than it can chew. T...

    @ Hair Balls by Chris Vogel on July 24, 2008 @ 4:19 pm
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    HPD Cleared in Death of Alleged CIA Agent

    Carnaby claimed to have been a CIA agent. The CIA has said he did not work for them, but there was enough haziness and plausibility that the Internet lit up with conspiracy theories. Today, a grand jury no-billed the cops involved in the shooting. ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 24, 2008 @ 3:29 pm
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    Semi-Respected Apollo Astronaut Claims Space-Alien Cover-Up

    Stunning, right? Maybe not -- the astronaut in question is Edgar Mitchell. And while he does share the record for longest moonwalk, on the Apollo 14 mission, he's also been quite the loon. Forget the fact that he actually did ESP experiments during...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 24, 2008 @ 2:44 pm
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    Jay Leno Predicted That Diet-Related Jail Escape

    Maybe the incident shouldn't have been a surprise after all. The escape from the Waller County Jail was predicted -- to a T -- more than 15 years ago, by no less an expert than Jay Leno. On his "Headlines" segment, where he goofs on newspaper typo...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 24, 2008 @ 1:37 pm
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    Houston Officially A Top Terror Target, Again

    The "good" news -- Houston is one of the biggest beneficiaries. It's going to get $37.5 million, a 50 percent increase from 2007. The bad news -- it's because they think we're going to get hit. "Most of the money goes to the seven areas considered ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 24, 2008 @ 12:26 pm
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    County Government's Ethical Problems Solved

    These carpers will point to a DA and Sheriff who think county e-mail systems are a good place for racist jokes; a longtime revolving-door tradition that sees county employees move on to jobs that involve getting county contracts; elected officials wh...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 24, 2008 @ 11:04 am
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    Child Protective Services -- Not So Good

    The Administration for Children and Families found that caseloads in Texas are still too high, and children in the state's care aren't visited on a monthly basis, as required. (The report is supposed to be available online, but isn't.) But before st...

    @ Hair Balls by Paul Knight on July 24, 2008 @ 7:58 am
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    Slideshow: Harris County's Animal Cruelty Investigators

    To supplement Randall Patterson's latest crime story, we've uploaded some additional images of Lieutenant Mark L. Timmers and those sad pit bulls. Have a look. -- Keith Plocek

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 24, 2008 @ 7:33 am
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    The Non-Sexy Part of Edwards' Houston Visit

    We've already dealt with the less seemly, more trashy (and more entertaining!) aspect of John Edwards' visit to Houston today. What was the serious, wonky, earnest (and boring!) stuff he was really here for? Housing. Helping the poor. Saying he w...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 23, 2008 @ 5:47 pm
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    Council Passes Floodway Changes

    The previous plan, which was introduced without much fanfare, seriously curbed any new construction and reconstruction in areas near bayous. A good idea, maybe, but many homeowners all of a sudden found their land and house had been rendered value-l...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 23, 2008 @ 5:18 pm
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